We signed up a year ago and are about to sit down and get our next years meat order.
The meat we received in our first order was very good. We have learned what we really like and there are a few things we will not re order this time around.
We had our own freezer, so supposedly got extra meat.
This is the part of the whole process that I (and many posters here) don't like. There really isn't anything outlining what you are paying for the various cuts of meat. After you have ordered and one would think you are in their system, you cannot just order an extra box of this or that later on.
It's all or nothing.
That first order can make you wonder. Chances are you have been given a compelling sales pitch, and the sample hamburger ( if that is what you got ) was really tasty and cooked up great.
But, spending this kind of money on meat, sight unseen, can make anyone nervous.
I know we were.
And by the sounds of it in other posts, they have a couple of poor sales people out there too.
We figured fewer trips to Costco (the $300 store), having all sorts of dinner choices available in our freezer, quality of what we were going to be eating, all were worth giving this a try.
Is it expensive? Yes. You are not buying the same quality of meat you get at your big chain grocery stores, it really is that much better.
We have not been disappointed with the quality of the meat.
Our upright freezer was empty when the order arrived, it almost did not hold everything in our order.
If you are thinking of ordering, here are some of my thoughts about what we received.
Keep in mind part of the process is to prioritize what you use most. Example -We received about 10 boxes with 5 packages in each of lean ground beef. It is a staple item we use the most.
Breakfast Sausage - good
Ballpark Franks - might be OK, wife doesn't like the big fat hot dogs, -not going to re order
Chicken burgers - 18 year old son and his friends did not mind them, Me - meh - not going to re order
Chicken nuggets - all white meat - probably re order - easy quick snack for nights we are all busy
Bacon - mmm good
Lean ground beef - used for all sorts of meals from burgers to Chili ext - excellent
Boneless and bone in chicken breasts - excellent
Steaks (any cut) - all very good. Yes as mentioned in other posts these are not 2 inch think slabs o meat, but perfectly fine for a normal sit down dinner
Roasts - cook up great, not huge but big enough for a family of 4
Tenderloins - also not huge but big enough for 4 and taste great
Whole chicken - we only got a couple of them, and if I recall they were slightly larger than the one's you can buy at Fortino's
A freezer full of meat is for a family that eats meat. Family is the key word there.
Would likely be too much for just 2 people to eat much less justify the cost.
If you live near farms, or have a good butcher near by and like the meat you buy from him, then this is probably not for you.
Most of the negative posts I have read are either from people that have or use their own butcher and seem to think we all should just go find one.
Or are about the process, which I agree is very old school and not transparent.
In the end, if you want a freezer full of excellent meats (quality) that will save you many trips to the grocery stores (convenience) and you can justify the cost, there is nothing wrong with using Nutrafarms. Can you save money buy going to a farm or butcher and buying the cow, I'm sure you can. Do you want to do that?
Also remember when someone comes to your door offering or selling anything, you can just say no.
Disclaimer - I do not work for Nutrafarms. In fact I went through these posts a year ago when we were making our decision to buy, and after weeding out the posts that had no merit and actually reading posts from people that bought, we went for it.
I am an audio video consultant in Burlington
Whatever choice you make will always be the right one for you....